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5 years later – can The Foorce pull it off?

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This is our team, 3 kids ago (I was equally pregnant in this photo as I will be tomorrow).                      Where does the time go?

Just when I thought we had missed out a year, I found it.  Now the question is, will we get a picture of our team (or at least part of it) on the YAI website for our fifth and final Central Park Challenge?

Tomorrow will be a fun, exciting, and incredibly bittersweet day for me. When I get settled in Houston you can count on me finding something to replace what has become an amazing, memorable and meaningful tradition in our family.

And I would be remiss not to mention that it is not quite too late to help us reach our final fundraising goal for a very worth cause. Click here to visit our team website!

Top Ten: Additional Reasons To Register For The Central Park Challenge (PHOTO edition)

One of my favorite events of the year is around the corner so I’m more than happy to tell you ten more good reasons that you should join our team, The Foorce Finale! But since it’s all pretty much been said already, why not show you ten more reasons to join us for 2014?

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NYC Bus Strike Updates (Or Lack Thereof)

February 11, 2013 1 comment

Click here for the latest news on the NYC bus strike, now in its fourth week. It sounds like roughly 60-70% of special ed families are finding a way to get to school on a regular basis. As one of them I can attest that it’s not easy, though nothing compared to what this guy is going through to get there, or how this family is dealing without school at all.

Curious – has anyone received reimbursement from the city yet? If so, what was the turn around time once you submitted all of the necessary paperwork? Feel free to email me or post info into the comments section.

What Comes After Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

I didn’t know either, so click here to read about the first ever Giving Tuesday. I’m proud to live in the city that came up with this idea!

I love this idea – a day for charities to get as much attention as cheap electronics and free shipping (both things that I also enjoy). So to commemorate the occasion and kick off our own season of giving at home, we’ve made our first holiday donation to Best Day Foundation.

Best Day Foundation enables children with special needs to build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun adventure activities including Surfing, Body Boarding, Kayaking, SUP (stand up paddling), Outrigger Canoeing, and Snow sports.

They achieve this by empowering communities across the country to offer special days at the beach and snow to children with special needs. Best Day provides back-end services, support, training, and business resources to ensure that safe, self-sufficient programs are created. The program is funded through donations, grants and sponsorships. 

What charities are you giving to this year? Give them a shout out in the comments section.

Happy Giving!

“A Parent’s Guide To Bullying” Talk, Live on Facebook 9/20/12

September 18, 2012 1 comment

 

 

“A Parent’s Guide To Bullying” Talk Live on Facebook
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM — 01:00 PM
Facebook

  • Public Event

On Thursday, September 20 at 12PM ET, Dr. Jamie Howard, Child Mind Institute Clinical Psychologist, will present “A Parent’s Guide to Bullying” followed by a Q&A LIVE on Facebook. We’ll talk about how parents can recognize bullying behaviors and how to prevent them.

Dr. Howard will discuss:

  • Types of bullying
  • Risks for being bullied and bullying others
  • Warning signs a child is being bullied or bullying others
  • What parents can do to stop bullying and cyberbullying

No need to sign up beforehand, the event is free, open to the public and easily accessible.

How to participate:

Visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ChildMindInstitute, click on the “Live Webinars” button, and watch the talk live on the day of the event. Ask questions, chat with fellow talk attendees and enjoy a live talk with Dr. Weder from the comfort of your own computer.

You can watch without a Facebook account, but in order to ask questions and chat, you must be logged in. Go to facebook.com to sign up for an account.

Trouble accessing the live stream?

Please email jessica.wakeman@childmind.org if you have any issues or questions about the talk.

DOE Launches Special Education Family Office Hours and P311 Hotline

September 12, 2012 1 comment

Thanks to Anne for sharing!

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The Department of Education’s Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners is committed to supporting all families during the citywide expansion of the special education reform initiative.

To this end, it is with great enthusiasm that I am pleased to announce the launch of the Special Education Family Office Hours and a P311 hotline. These additional resources for families were conceived in partnership with City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Education Committee Chair Robert Jackson.

Beginning August 1, 2012, families that need assistance can call a dedicated hotline for special education support at (718) 935-2007. In addition, families can always contact P311.

Family office hours will be held in nine sites across the five boroughs with day, evening, and weekend hours beginning July 31, 2012. During office hours, a special education specialist will be available for meetings with individual families to help resolve their questions about the special education reform and work to reach solutions to support their child. The complete schedule of dates, times, and locations are available through our family web site at: http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/SpecialEducation/when-is-the-next/2012parent-information-session.htm.

We encourage you to share this information with families and communities. On behalf of all our students, I thank you for your ongoing collaboration and support.

Sincerely yours,

Corinne Rello-Anselmi
Deputy Chancellor
NYC Department of Education
Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners
P: (212) 374-5766
F: (212) 374-5599

Bloomberg Kicks Off First Day Of School With New Text Messaging Service

http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2012/09/06/on-first-day-of-school-mayor-announces-new-text-message-service/

I can NOT believe I sent James to middle school today – unreal. Wishing you (and me) a smooth, successful and happy first day of school!

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